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Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

According to a new analysis by Stanford University, climate change has doubled the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires. As Scientific American explained that researchers found that temperatures rose about 1.8° F statewide while precipitation dropped 30% since 1980. That doubled the number of autumn days—when fire risk is highest—with extreme conditions for the ignition […]

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Coronavirus: Cases Fall in NY But Worst Is Still Ahead

Coronavirus: Cases Fall in NY But Worst Is Still Ahead

As Forbes reported, the death rates in Italy, Spain and France—the countries with the highest coronavirus death tolls globally—have slowed in the last couple of days, showing that countries’ national lockdown policies may be working to curb the rate of devastation. In New York state (the center of the nation’s outbreak), deaths rates dropped for […]

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Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

Hero of the Week: Caroline Shaw, and Her Colleagues at GE Renewable Energy

For Caroline Shaw, a sourcing manager at a GE wind turbine plant in Florida, the “light bulb went on” after she had to hand out face masks (known as N95s) to a team of coworkers who were tasked with screening their fellow employees for COVID-19. With shortages of masks everywhere it is important to use […]

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Coronavirus: First Hit to Global Climate Action

Coronavirus: First Hit to Global Climate Action

We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]

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Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Coronavirus: Governors Step Up Regional Efforts to Fight Virus

Yesterday Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) all announced stay at home orders, with Virginia’s to last until June 10th–the longest order of any state. We also saw more cities and retail stores begin to furlough workers, as our institutions and economy begin to contend […]

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Vietnam Joins China in Taking Steps To End Wildlife Trade to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

Vietnam Joins China in Taking Steps To End Wildlife Trade to Help Prevent Future Pandemics

China has taken “concrete steps” to close its “wet” or wildlife markets and now Vietnam is following suit, according to Sierra, the magazine of the environmental group The Sierra Club. 

Why This Matters:  The world has faced many major pandemics, such as SARS and now COVID-19, that are believed to have been spread from human contact with wild animals.

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Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

Coronavirus: Every State for Itself is No Winning Strategy

We’re seeing the tension increase between public health experts, the governors who are listening to their advice, and the conservative voices who keep pushing the narrative that mandates to keep people home aren’t worth the risk to the economy. This comes as White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the United […]

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Coronavirus: US Takes the Lead in COVID-19 Cases

Coronavirus: US Takes the Lead in COVID-19 Cases

After scientists warned that the United States would become the hardest-hit country by the coronavirus crisis, we now lead the world in confirmed cases of COVID-19 with over 86,000 people infected. While New York City is still the hardest hit area, cases are exploding in New Orleans–where the virus is thought to have been brought […]

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Interview of the Week, Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US

Interview of the Week, Carol Shattuck, CEO of Food Rescue US

Food Rescue US is committed to reducing food waste and food insecurity at 25 sites across America by using technology to engage volunteers to transfer excess fresh food from grocers, restaurants, and other sources, to social service agencies that feed people who are food insecure. ODP:   Do you think this current crisis is an opportunity […]

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Water Treatment Is More Crucial Now Than Ever – But Got No $$ in the Stimulus

Water Treatment Is More Crucial Now Than Ever – But Got No $$ in the Stimulus

By Zoey Shipley and Monica Medina Drinking water and wastewater utilities – many of which are run by state and local governments – did not get dedicated assistance in the Stimulus package the House of Representatives will vote on today, even though they are going to face steeply declining revenue when people and businesses can’t […]

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Coronavirus: Renewable Energy Loses Out in Stimulus

Coronavirus: Renewable Energy Loses Out in Stimulus

Yesterday, major ideological tensions flared among Senate Democrats and Republicans about what just 12 hours prior seemed to be a solid stimulus package. Despite those roadblocks, there was one clear loser in the $2 trillion relief package: the renewable energy industry. The deal for Senate Republicans taking out a $3 billion provision to buy oil […]

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Visitors Surging To National Parks, Forcing More To Close Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Visitors Surging To National Parks, Forcing More To Close Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Smoky Mountains National Parks closed on Tuesday due to coronavirus concerns, joining Yosemite National Park, the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island because of concerns of crowding in public spaces leading to spread of the disease. 

Why This Matters:  As is true with so much of the Trump Administration’s attitude toward containing the spread of the virus, they have left each Park to decide on its own, causing confusion and sending mixed signals to the public and leaving local officials struggling to respond.

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